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War & Peach

12 November, 2011

With those Cryptic Commandments still needing time to collate, here’s a piece of whimsy I’m shaping into a puzzle. Every month I make a book-flavoured challenge for The Victorian Writer, and this time round the gimmick is called Surprise Endings.

Leo Tolstoy’s masterpiece about an orchard skirmish is called War & Peach, while Annie Proulx’s quirky yarn dealing with a maritime amphibian is The Shipping Newt. Can you figure out these narrative twists – and spring a few new shocks in the Comments?

  1. Patrick White gives a wader’s POV

  2. One gesture, says Margaret Mitchell, and rapture ensued

  3. Smells like fodder, reckons Orwell

  4. Fodder’s outcome by Frank Herbert

  5. Viagra confessional from Ernest

  6. Yoko’s influence as chronicled by Bryce

  7. Snotty linen quest led by Mem Fox

  8. McEwan’s gets amazingly lazy

Blab away. New twist endings welcome.

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